To find answers, Hsieh and Lauder turned to the basilisk lizard, a skittish tree-dwelling species found in Central America.
For I say, fear the fire of dragons and the eye of the basilisk .
In heraldry the basilisk is represented as an animal with the head, torso and legs of a cock, the tongue of a snake and the wings of a bat.
The best representation of the basilisk is found in the decorative field of heraldry where the basilisk had the head and legs of a cock, a snake-like tail, and a body like a bird's.
They also investigate the origins of various heraldic monsters, such as the basilisk (based on the hooded cobra).
The lone unicorn, basilisk and banshee wandered as they pleased.
Often considered to be one of the most spectacular lizard species, sometimes called the "Jesus lizard", the green basilisk is a striking addition to any reptile collection.
And as they watched in amazement, Lanyon's skin started taking on a greyish tint, and her hands, raised to ward off the basilisk , froze in place.
This combined pressure allows the basilisk to run on water with a speed of 8 to 10 km an hour.
A lot of the artists who designed the knights coat of arms often used imaginary animals like the basilisk , dragon, unicorn, etc.